Jeffrey Sachs

DEFINITION of 'Jeffrey Sachs'

An American economist who is director of the Earth Institute. He is also a professor of sustainable development and of health policy and management at Columbia University. His work centers on economic development, poverty, globalization and global warming.

BREAKING DOWN 'Jeffrey Sachs'

Sachs is well known even outside of academia for his New York Times bestsellers, The End of Poverty and Common Wealth. Born in 1954 in Detroit, he earned his BA, MA and PhD from Harvard, where he also taught before joining Columbia. He has served as an advisor to the governments of many developing countries and has received numerous awards and honors. Time magazine named Sachs one of the most influential leaders in the world.